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Proterra Standardizes on Electrical Systems Design and Wire Harness Engineering Tools from Mentor Graphics



  Proterra Standardizes on Electrical Systems Design and Wire Harness
  Engineering Tools from Mentor Graphics

IESF 2013

Business Wire

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- July 16, 2013

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced that the leading
provider of zero-emission commercial transit solutions, Proterra Inc., has
standardized on the Mentor Graphics® VeSys® tools for its electrical systems
design and manufacture of wire harnesses. Proterra will be using the VeSys
tools to help design and manufacture heavy-duty, electric drive systems,
energy storage systems, vehicle control systems, transit buses, and the
world’s first all-electric, fast-charge transit bus.

Proterra standardizes on Mentor Graphics software for electrical systems
design of zero emission veh ...

Proterra standardizes on Mentor Graphics software for electrical systems
design of zero emission vehicles (Photo: Business Wire)

The VeSys tools are a suite of wiring and harness design software tools
optimized for rapid deployment and low IT footprint. Proterra is standardizing
on both the VeSys Design and VeSys Harness tools, enabling wiring design data
to flow seamlessly into the associated harness designs and thereby reducing
effort and minimizing the risk of errors.

“To stay ahead of our competition, we needed to introduce new levels of
electrical integration and a design flexibility we have never seen before.
VeSys is helping us to achieve that,” said Adam Fowlkes, engineering manager
at Proterra. “We were particularly impressed with the ease of use and the high
level of functionality, flexibility and automation demonstrated by VeSys.
Benefits of the software include intelligent schematics and harness designs,
bill of materials creation, wire length calculations, reporting and built-in
error proofing.”

“Buses have a very demanding duty cycle and therefore require high-quality
engineering and design change capabilities. VeSys allows Proterra to design
extremely robust electrical/electronic systems that exceed customers’
requirements,” said Nick Smith, marketing director of the Integrated
Electrical Systems Division of Mentor Graphics. “VeSys is both flexible and
easily adaptable to changing future needs, as well as being highly productive.
In particular, the automated part selector and manufacturing report generation
capabilities speed the design time and automate many steps in the design
process.”

Adam Fowlkes, engineering manager at Proterra, will be speaking about the
challenges in the industry and also about Proterra electrical systems design
and wire harness engineering processes on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the
Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) in Dearborn, Michigan. For more
information, visit www.mentor.com/IESF.

About Proterra

With manufacturing in Greenville, S.C., Proterra is a leader in the clean
technology and clean energy space, designing and manufacturing heavy-duty
electric drive systems, energy storage systems, vehicle control systems,
transit buses and fast-charging stations. Proterra’s systems are scalable to
commercial buses of all sizes. Its ground-up designs have led to the EcoRide™,
the world’s first full-size, on-route charge battery-electric transit bus. In
2011, Proterra’s EcoRide™ became the first heavy-duty electric transit bus
ever to complete challenging federally required durability and reliability
testing at the Bus Research and Testing Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania,
demonstrating best in class energy efficiency and noise levels. For more
information on Proterra and its technology, please visit: www.proterra.com.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and
software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and
award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic,
semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported
revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,090 million. Corporate
headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon
97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics and VeSys are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics
Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks
or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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Contact:

Mentor Graphics
James Price, 503-685-1778
james_price@mentor.com
or
Suzanne Graham, 503-685-7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com
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